Originally Posted by tnflyfisher
Easy, best way to clean trout is to just cut the underbelly from back to front and dispose of all the entrails. Cutting off the head is optional. If you do plan to keep some trout, go ahead and do this right after catching them. This will help to preserve freshness. Also, try to keep them cool and moist for the rest of the day until dinner time if possible.
There you go...I was to lazy to type it out. Make sure you leave the head on until you are home in case you are checked by the man. I leave the heads on because it gives me something to hold onto while I'm eating them.
I pop out the eyes, wash throughly, then put them in cornmeal and fry till golden brown. IMO, best keeping size is 7-8".